Viva la flag wavers

2016-02-10 06:00

DRIVING up Town Hill recently, I was confronted by three lanes of traffic, which suddenly came to an unheralded halt.

Red rear lights flashed and hastily applied brakes resulted in innovative measures to prevent rear-ending the car in front. While we were practising our dodgem-car routine, the trucks and tankers in the left lane growled and grumbled upwards as their drivers sent texts on cellphones.

Facing us with lights flashing were two traffic vehicles informing us of the impending problem - road works.

Narrowing three lanes of vehicles into one needs specialist intervention. However, the temperature was 35,5°C and the sanctuary of an air-conditioned vehicle was more attractive than standing on melting tarmac directing traffic. So, with their car seats reclined, the officers did precisely nothing.

How then was this gargantuan traffic jam to be untangled?

Enter the exciting new breed of traffic controllers - 15 flag wavers, one after the other, all dressed in colourful protective gear and hard hats, encouraged us to squeeze, squash, creep into one lane. They put their lives on the line as they energetically waved their red flags and indicated our narrow path. There was a tangible feeling of goodwill and even the truck drivers gave way.

Questions need to be asked, have the flag wavers who are directing high volumes of traffic been to traffic school? They are doing such a splendid job, reason suggests that the traffic officials park their flashing lights and leave the scene. We’d be better off if the cops were deployed elsewhere to control the taxis that drive contra flow, skip red traffic lights and break the speed limit.

On second thoughts, why not send the flag wavers to deal with the taxi drivers.

Viva la flag wavers, viva.



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